Green Viking Hood – WIP 1-3

The past couple months I have slowly been plugging away at another Viking hood.  This one is made from linen fabric, hand sewn with linen thread pulled from the selvage of the fabric, and embroidered with linen thread using herringbone stitch, feather stitch, and Osberg rings.  If you follow me on facebook, instagram, or twitter you may have already seen these photos as I took them.

Green Viking Hood - WIP 1, by Sidney Eileen; Made from linen fabric, hand stitched with linen thread. Seams finished with small herringbone stitch in linen thread.

Green linen fabric with linen small herringbone embroidery/seam finish.

I am finishing the seams in a manner very similar to the apron dress I made last year.  The seam allowance is folded over and stitched down using a tiny herringbone stitch in linen thread, and then the center of the seam is reinforced with feather stitch.

Green Viking Hood - WIP 2, by Sidney Eileen; Made from linen fabric, hand stitched with linen thread. Seams finished with small herringbone stitch in linen thread. Hem is in progress, being finished with linen thread in herringbone stitch.

Green linen fabric with linen small herringbone embroidery/seam finish, and herringbone stitch hem finish.

The bottom hem is finished using a rough herringbone stitch using more of the fabric selvage thread.

Green Viking Hood - WIP 3, by Sidney Eileen; Made from linen fabric, hand stitched with linen thread. Seams finished with small herringbone stitch in linen thread, and reinforced with feather stitch. Hem is embroidered with small Osberg rings.

Green linen fabric with linen small herringbone and feather stitch embroidery/seam finish, and the bottom hem embroidered with Osberg rings.

As a finishing touch I am embroidering over the bottom hem stitches using Osberg rings.  This embroidery is based on a small piece of wool applique embroidery found in the Osberg ship burial, and, according to Anne Stine Ingstad in The Textiles in the Osberg Ship, “This type of small embroidery is known from the graves in Birka, and there too it is placed along the edges of seams and applications.”  If you go check out her article, the section on the ring embroidery is close to the bottom.

The inspiration embroidery is a wool core with wool thread wrapped around it and couching it to the fabric.  I am using Londonderry linen thread for all my linen embroidery.  For my version I am using 18/3 (large) for the core, and 30/3 (medium) for the wrap.  In the photo above I am working right to left, but I have since tried working it left to right and found it much easier to accurately size the rings working in the new direction.

This stitch is far more time consuming than I had expected.  Each foot of hem takes about five hours to embroider, and the first few rings were nowhere near as even as the ones in the photo above.

Project: Green Viking Hood

New Spoonflower Fabric – Detailed Elizabethan Blackwork Floral Bands

Detailed Elizabethan Blackwork Floral Bands on Spoonflower Fabric, by Sidney Eileen

Detailed Elizabethan Blackwork Floral Bands on Spoonflower Fabric

This week’s new Spoonflower fabric design is Detailed Elizabethan Blackwork Floral Bands. This black and white fabric is inspired by the blackwork embroidery on an extant Elizabethan jacket, and is fully detailed for use as printed.

This design is also available as wallpaper and wrapping paper.

Find all the currently available designs at http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/sidney_eileen

A new design will be released every week!

New Spoonflower Fabric – Detailed Elizabethan Blackwork Barberry

Detailed Elizabethan Blackwork Barberry on Spoonflower Fabric by Sidney Eileen

Detailed Elizabethan Blackwork Barberry on Spoonflower Fabric

This week’s new Spoonflower fabric design is Detailed Elizabethan Blackwork Barberry. This black and white fabric is inspired by the blackwork embroidery on an extant Elizabethan jacket, and is fully detailed to be used as printed.

This design is also available as wallpaper and wrapping paper.

Find all the currently available designs at http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/sidney_eileen

A new design will be released every week!

New Spoonflower Fabric – Detailed Elizabethan Carpet Floral Blackwork

Detailed Elizabethan Carpet Floral Blackwork on Spoonflower Fabric, by Sidney Eileen

Detailed Elizabethan Carpet Floral Blackwork on Spoonflower Fabric

This week’s new Spoonflower fabric design is Detailed Elizabethan Carpet Floral Blackwork. This black and white fabric is inspired by an extant panel of Elizabethan blackwork embroidery.

This design is also available as wallpaper and wrapping paper.

Find all the currently available designs at http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/sidney_eileen

A new design will be released every week!

New Spoonflower Fabric – Elizabethan Blackwork Knotwork

Elizabethan Blackwork Knotwork on Spoonflower Fabric by Sidney Eileen

Elizabethan Blackwork Knotwork on Spoonflower Fabric

This week’s new Spoonflower fabric design is Elizabethan Blackwork Knotwork. This black and white fabric is based on the blackwork embroidery visible on an Elizabethan period portrait of Mary Hill. The line weight is balanced so it may be used as printed or embroidered over.

This design is also available as wallpaper and wrapping paper.

Find all the currently available designs at http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/sidney_eileen

A new design will be released every week!

New Spoonflower Fabric – Elizabethan Simple Floral Blackwork Bands

Elizabethan Simple Floral Blackwork Bands on Spoonflower Fabric, by Sidney Eileen

Elizabethan Simple Floral Blackwork Bands on Spoonflower Fabric

This week’s new Spoonflower design is Elizabethan Simple Floral Blackwork Bands. This black and white fabric is based on the blackwork embroidery on an extant Elizabethan coif. The line weight is balanced so it may be used as printed or embroidered over.

This design is also available as wrapping paper.

Find all the currently available designs at http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/sidney_eileen

A new design will be released every week!

New Spoonflower Fabric – Swirly Elizabethan Floral Blackwork

Swirly Elizabethan Floral Blackwork on Spoonflower Fabric, by Sidney Eileen

Swirly Elizabethan Floral Blackwork on Spoonflower Fabric

This week’s Spoonflower fabric print-on-demand design is now available!  This print, Swirly Elizabethan Floral Blackwork, is based on the blackwork embroidery on an extant unfinished Elizabethan coif.  The line weight has been balanced so it may be used as printed or embroidered over.

This design is also available as wallpaper and wrapping paper.

Find all the currently available designs at http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/sidney_eileen

A new design will be released every week!